El Cobre Basilica

El Cobre Basilica

El Cobre Basilica
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Betula103
Australia7,899 contributions
Jan 2020
The 'Basílica Santuario Nacional de Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre' dates from 1927 and is an important pilgrimage sife for Cuban Catholics. It is the only basilica in Cuba and when many people visit the shrine of the Virgen de Caridad, the patron saint of Cuba, they leave gifts for the Virgin. The most famous of these are the Pulitzer Prize left behind by Ernest Hemingway, and the golden guerrilla that Castro’s mother laid there.
The spacious church is located in an elevated position just a little north of the city of Santiago de Cuba. There are some beautiful stained-glass windows to be seen.
Written March 4, 2020
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Shaun B
Danbury, CT570 contributions
Feb 2018
It’s so nice to see the Catholic Churches full of life in Cuba. This church was beautiful as were the sights from the grounds of the church. Bring a zoom lens for your camera and you can see some great shots of the countryside. There are only a few Basilica’s in Cuba so it was great to see one of them. The neighborhood around the church is worth a walk as well.
Written March 18, 2018
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Kalin S
3 contributions
May 2018
El Cobre is situated couple of kilometres away from Santiago. The best way to reach it is with a rental car. Be careful with the guys trying to get a cuc or two from you to "keep" your car - they could be quite persistent but you are not required to pay them. The cathedral itself is a very peaceful place and you can easily spend from 30 min - 1 hour to see everything in the basilica. You might want to spend another hour in local souvenir shops where the prices are cheaper compared with the shops in other big cities.
Written July 1, 2018
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Ian C
London, UK23,970 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
The Basilica appears ahead of you as you drive to El Cobre, appearing to rise up in the mountains. Located at the top of 254 steps from the village of El Cobre, the Basilica is an impressive but relatively simple church built in 1926 to house the statue of the black Madonna (dating from c1600), and is possibly Cuba's most famous shrine.

The Virgen del Cobre, patron saint of Cuba, is also the Santaria saint Oshun, goddess of rivers, gentleness, femininity and love.

You cannot fail to be moved by the experience of visiting here, whether you are Roman Catholic or not, with the church full of visitors who have brought flowers, candles and other tokens for the Madonna, while a priest is on hand to bless visitors with holy water and there is a fountain with water for those who have brought water bottles.

The terrace around the church has a series of statues and on display inside the basilica are a small selection of the "ex votos" left by pilgrims, including from the world of football and ballet and the carriage in which the Madonna is transported in the village on her saint's day in September.
Written March 25, 2018
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PGHtraveler2019
Pittsburgh, PA185 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
Visited on our way from Santiago to Holguin. Well worth the visit. The church is absolutely beautiful with intricate design and amazing views!
Written March 11, 2017
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graham e
Birkenhead, UK549 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
Set just outside Santiago, El Cobre is set on a hill surrounded mountains and nickel mines and a village selling flowers and gifts to take to the shrine. The view from the church is stunning as it is part of the Sierra Maestra mountains. The church is dedicated to the Virgin of Charity the patron saint of Cuba.
There are a few pushy hustlers outside the church so take care.
Written February 10, 2017
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Mary38677
Coventry, UK936 contributions
Dec 2013 • Friends
On our way to the Sierra Maestra mountains we stopped at this wonderful Basilica. It is one of Cubas most important churches.We went on the Feast of the Immaculate conception and mass was being said ,the church was full,so didn't really get time to see the church .Lots of pilgrames were bringing offerings to The Virgin de la Cobre.many carrying sunflowers and wearing yellow .It is a important pilgrim site on Cuba .Nice stained glass window .Offerings are laid in front of the famous statue of the Patron saint of Cuba who is a mixture of a The Virigin and Ochun who is the most powerful Goddess of the Santerian religion .
Very peaceful spot .
Written May 30, 2014
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Brenda S
Cypress, TX824 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
We were on cruise with Viking and stopped here as part of an included tour. I would not go out of my way to drive here, since it is some distance from the city center, but I was really glad we had the opportunity to see it. During the drive, you will get a sense of the country side and surrounding town. There are many vendors selling items in town as you drive up — and they’re all selling the same thing. My 82 year old parents are Catholic but were exhausted after all the other stops (my mom uses a walker), so were not able to get out of the bus to see the interior ... as there are many steps. When you’re inside, there is an alcove on the right side that has a display of medical apparatuses that were no longer required after the people were cured (apparently after praying to the our lady of charity). Be sure to look for that. One warning though - while standing outside the church, with no one around, a local approached my brother-in-law and handed him a small reproduction of the church or something similar. My brother-in-law was startled so took it, but then immediately tried to hand it back but the person would not take it and insisted he pay him for it. My brother-in-law did not have any money left, didn’t want it, and didn’t know what to do. I happened to walk by and told him to just set it down on the ground — and it worked. We had been warned about this, but in the heat of the moment, you forget.
Written February 2, 2019
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Voyager-Michele
Zaandijk, The Netherlands218 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
This beautiful basilica is named after the copper mine that was in use in that same place.
It is very beautiful in both the in- and outside. During our visit we got the blessing and we brought some holy-water home with us. It's really worth a visit.
Drive up the road on the hill, where there is a free parking place behind the church, don't believe people that tell you that you can't.
Written October 14, 2018
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Luis B
33 contributions
Mar 2018 • Family
Worth visiting, well maintained church. This place is where most of Cubans visit at least one time in their life. Just be careful with the street vendors who want to stop you to get to the church to "sale" their souvenirs.
Written April 1, 2018
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